THE BORDERS ROAD RUNNING LEAGUE
The Borders Road Running League was formed in 1983 by a number of new running clubs in North Wales and the western part of Cheshire. The aim was to provide inter-club competition between teams of member clubs on a competitive yet friendly basis. This philosophy continues today each winter with 7 races organised in rotation by member clubs for their members.
The first Borders League race was held on Sunday 4th November 1984 at Tattenhall using the quarter marathon course. There were 100 finishers. The last two or three seasons have witnessed an explosion in participation levels, with the average number of finishers reaching 350 last season, and an all-time record of 430 being set up at one race in 2017-18.
In season 2018-19, the League comprises 17 clubs from across North Wales, Wirral and west Cheshire. The League remains primarily an inter-club competition, although there are awards for individuals within their age groups.
Clubs interested in joining should, in the first instance, contact the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org It should, however, be borne in mind that the increasing participation levels (referred to above) amongst existing member clubs are causing capacity issues at a number of venues. Irrespective of this, formal applications will be discussed at the AGM.
The League races are an opportunity for runners at all levels to compete on a regular basis, a chance to test yourself against runners from other clubs at a similar level, improving performance in an affordable but challenging arena, creating and maintaining friendships between like-minded individuals.
The League holds seven races per season, generally between October and April. Each race is between 5 miles and 6.21miles (8 to 10 km) except for the final race which is around 4 miles (6.5km). Races, except the final race, on Sunday mornings, almost invariably with a start time of 11.00. Dates and venues are agreed at the AGM. Each race is organised by a member club, all member clubs organising races in turn (agreed at the AGM). The final race is generally on a Wednesday evening and is followed by the presentation of awards.
At the end of each race the scores are collected by individual clubs and returned to the Results Secretary to be collated. They are published on the Borders League website.
The League is managed by the member clubs. A committee consisting of a Chairman, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Secretary and Results Secretary is elected by the clubs annually at the AGM – generally held on the first Monday in July of every year. Each club pays an annual subscription to the league, the amount being set at the AGM.